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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shook the U.S. economy. The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits dramatically increased, leading to a nationwide spike in fraudulent unemployment claims activity, including using stolen identities to apply for unemployment benefits. Why Is This Happening? Two results of the pandemic made the unemployment system a likely target [...]

IRS Publishes Notice 2021-15 Offering Flexibility for Health FSAs

Update March 22, 2021: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 increased the dependent care FSA contribution limits to $10,500 for single filers and $5,250 for married people filing separately. On February 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released IRS Notice 2021-15 to answer questions regarding Section 214 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), [...]

OSHA Releases New Workplace Guidance on COVID-19

On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released worker safety guidance titled “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.” The guidance provides updated safety and health standards incorporated from existing guidance from the CDC. According to the newly released guidance, some of the key [...]

February 19, 2021|

EEOC Announces EEO-1 2019 and 2020 Data Collection

EEO-1 Updates On August 18, 2021, the EEOC announced another change in the EEO-1 Component 1 Reports deadline. The new filing deadline is October 25, 2021, and is reported to be the final deadline. On June 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission changed the filing deadline for EEO-1 2019 and 2020 Component 1 [...]

February 10, 2021|

SBA Issues Guidance on the Reopening of the PPP

Please note: On March 30, 2021, the president signed into law the PPP Extension Act of 2021, extending the PPP application period to May 31. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 extended the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through March 31, 2021, allocating an additional $284 billion to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified first-time PPP [...]

DOL Sets Forth Final Rule on Tipped Employee Regulations

Please note: On February 26, 2021, the DOL delayed the rule's effective date to April 30, 2021. Upon reviewing the 2020 rule, the DOL approved several portions of the final rule, including the following: A provision that prohibits employers, including supervisors and managers, from keeping tips received by workers (regardless of whether the employer takes [...]

Employer COVID-19 Relief in 2021 Appropriations Law

On December 27, 2020, the president signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The new law funds the government through September 30, 2021, and provides individuals and businesses with another round of relief to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Several provisions in the law extend benefits established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act [...]

December 30, 2020|

State-by-State Minimum Wage Increases for 2021

Minimum wages for employees will increase in more than twenty states on Jan. 1, 2021; however, some of these states (including Connecticut and Virginia) will see their increases take place later in the year. To ensure your business complies with minimum wage changes in 2021, please review the applicable states below. Alaska: $10.19 to $10.34 [...]

December 10, 2020|

2020 ACA Reporting Deadlines

Applicable large employers (ALEs), employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees, are required to annually report to their employees and the Internal Revenue System (IRS) health insurance coverage offered to their eligible employees. Form 1095-C is sent to employees and Form 1094-C is sent to the IRS along with copies of all [...]

Beware of Coronavirus Scams Targeting Businesses

Coronavirus scams are proving to be a money-maker for criminals. According to a consumer report by the Federal Trade Commission, there have been 116,533 reports of scams related to the coronavirus and stimulus checks this year and an estimated $157.27 million lost. Fraudsters are exploiting the pandemic to gather personal and financial information through an [...]